Prep Watch

by: MILES VANCE Central Catholic High players gather to celebrate after dispatching of Jesuit in the Class 6A volleyball tournament finals.


Central Catholic's volleyball team managed to stay hungry after back-to-back state titles and a 2010 sweep of Oregon teams.

Then last weekend the Rams feasted on another championship and another undefeated season.

'Riding cloud nine still,' coach Rick Lorenz said, a few days after his Rams beat Jesuit 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 in the Class 6A final at Liberty High.

The Rams went 33-0 this year, after going 36-0 against Oregon opponents a year ago.

'Pretty good year,' Lorenz said. 'And it was 77 matches ago that we lost a match in Oregon.'

This season, the Rams went 83-3 in games en route to their third consecutive state title.

'I think the coaching staff conditioned the kids to think that we couldn't lose in a five-game match this year,' Lorenz said.

Led by unanimous all-tourney player Martenne Bettendorf, Central Catholic beat West Linn and Aloha to reach the final, while Jesuit (22-8) topped Sprague and Clackamas.

Jesuit junior Megan McCool was voted to the all-tournament team, and Rams sophomore Camille Foster and Crusaders freshman Ariana Wiltjer made the second team.

'We were a lot younger this year than last year,' Lorenz said. 'I didn't think we were dominant, but it appeared like we were ultra-dominant (on paper).'

Lorenz, who has coached for 36 seasons, has 10 state titles, six with Central Catholic and four with St. Mary's Academy.

'I love the competition, the tournaments and especially the state tournament. It never gets old,' he said. 'I'll keep going until it becomes a burden. That may never be. As long as I have such a great staff, it doesn't become a burnout.'

Portland Christian finished second in the state at the 2A level. The Royals (22-5) beat Weston-McEwen 3-0 and Reedsport 3-1 before falling in the final at Pacific University to Days Creek (27-2) 25-23, 25-21, 26-24.

Senior Emily Kozlowski of Portland Christian was the only unanimous choice for the all-tourney team, and senior teammate Taylor Forney was picked for the second team.


Grant, Lincoln, Central Catholic, David Douglas and Jesuit await Friday night games in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Lincoln has the biggest challenge, with a trip to perennial contender Sheldon. Grant plays on its 'home' field at Lincoln, facing Canby. Central Catholic will be across the street at Jeld-Wen Field against Thurston. David Douglas visits Oregon City, and Jesuit is at home versus Tualatin.

Other match-ups are West Salem at Lake Oswego, Southridge at Tigard, and Roseburg at South Medford.

All games start at 7 p.m.


Grant's boys and Wilson's boys will play for state titles Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium. The Generals will take on Westview for the 6A crown at 3:30 p.m., while the Trojans will battle Woodburn for the 5A championship at 10:30 a.m. Grant beat Lake Oswego 2-1 (5-3 on penalty kicks) in Tuesday's semifinals, while Wilson nipped Cleveland 1-0 in double overtime.

In the 3A/2A/1A girls ranks, Catlin Gabel and Oregon Episcopal School will play for the title at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Liberty High. The teams met twice during league play, with Catlin winning the second match 1-0 after they had played to a 1-1 draw.

(Jon Fuccillo contributed to this report.)